Newly Arrived Somalian Refugee Charged with Rape


A newly arrived refugee from Somalia, Mohamed Harir Ayanle, 22, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly raping a woman on a Jefferson Lines bus.

The attack occured as the bus passed through Crookston, Minnesota on Friday, according to the Crookston Times.

According to the court complaint, the victim said Ayanle approached her about going to the back of the bus to watch a movie with him after her daughter fell asleep. The victim said that when she went to the back, Ayanle forcibly removed her clothes and raped her.

The victim said she went along because she thought he had a knife. Ayanle said the intercourse was consensual, and he did not threaten her.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office collected a sexual assault evidence kit at RiverView Health and is continuing the investigation.

Ayanle was released Monday on a $5,000 bond on the condition that he does not leave Minnesota. The charge is a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, Ayanle “just moved to Minnesota on September 22, 2016 from Somalia.”

Breitbart News asked the three primary refugee and immigrant resettlement services if they had assisted Ayanle, but none responded to the inquiries. The Crookston Police Department also did not respond to inquires regarding the immigration status or resettlement program.

This alleged assault follows on the heels of two other attacks by Somali refugees, the November 28 Abdul Razak Ali automobile and knife attack at Ohio State University and the Dahir Adan September 17 St. Cloud, Minnesota mall knife attack.

According to Breitbart News, Minneapolis, Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States, estimated to be about 70,000 in total.

h/t Breitbart News

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